The First Three Uncharted Games Deserve Makeovers on Par with The Last of Us Part 1

The Last of Us Part 1 has proven to be a divisive concept, as many feel it is too soon for the game to receive a full-priced remake. While Sony’s logic is sound, as The Last of Us HBO show will bring in new fans and a remake allows Naughty Dog to make the original game more similar to its sequel in terms of visuals and gameplay, it is impossible to deny that some fans see it as unnecessary.

However, new character models like the one for Tess show just how much of an improvement The Last of Us Part 1 is making over the 2014 remaster. With Naughty Dog doing an excellent job of illustrating the difference between remasters and remakes, while also showing a willingness to update its more recent games, the same thing can and should happen with Uncharted. In particular, the first three games should get remakes so that they are more similar to Uncharted 4 in terms of their visuals and gameplay.


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Creating a More Cohesive Version of The Uncharted Series

The jump in quality from Uncharted 3 to Uncharted 4 is impossible to deny, as Naughty Dog’s engine and game design progress had grown significantly in the four and a half years between the two games. As such, Uncharted 3 simply feels dated in comparison. It lacks the stealth capabilities of its successor, while melee combat is more simple and shooting feels far less tight. However, the most starting difference is the character models.

While the visuals in the first three Uncharted games were groundbreaking for their time, they are no longer cutting edge if fans return to play the titles in 2022. The switch from Uncharted 3‘s Nathan Drake to Uncharted 4‘s is especially jarring, as the PS3 version almost looks like an entirely different character from his PS4 counterpart. The same can be said for all of Nate’s allies, with Sully, Elena, and Chloe all looking significantly better in Uncharted 4.

A proper remake would do exactly what The Last of Us Part 1 is aiming to accomplish, only with some more dated video games. The shooting and melee combat could be far more refined, letting players enjoy some games that feel better to play. Nathan Drake’s globetrotting adventures could be even more exciting with some visually impressive areas to explore, while the character models can look just like they do in Uncharted 4 – removing the shock that comes from playing A Thief’s End after Drake’s Deception. Just like the upcoming PS5 remake of The Last of Us will bring in fans of the HBO series, Uncharted 1, 2and 3 remakes would be able to capitalize on the new audience that first put Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan on the big screen.

Best of all, proper remakes would allow the original Uncharted game to stop being the black sheep of the series. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune features some particularly weak sections like the jet ski area, with the fairly basic shooting mechanics being nothing to write home about, either. The game worked at the time because of the strong characters it featured, but nowadays, Nathan Drake’s charisma is not enough to carry it. However, if a remake gives it the gunplay and fist fighting of Uncharted 4it could become just as enjoyable as the most recent entries.

While The Last of Us is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, Nathan Drake’s escapades in the Uncharted series is nearly as beloved as Joel and Ellie’s journey. Nathan Drake’s character development is terrific, and it is something that all gamers should experience. As time passes and the games begin to feel like a product of their time, though, many may feel the need to skip right to Uncharted 4. PS5 remakes of the first three Uncharted titles would change that, making every entry in the series feel equal when it comes to their gameplay and visuals.

The Last of Us Part 1 launches September 2 on PS5. A PC Version is currently in development.

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